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SHAK supporter newsletter Jan 2020

John Boyle, Chief Executive, writes:


Welcome to our first SHAK supporters’ newsletter! If you are one of our funders, partners or are interested in our work, we hope you might enjoy these updates about what we are up to at South Hampstead and Kilburn Community Partnership. We hope they will be quarterly. 

Entering 2020, we look back on a busy and productive 12 months at SHAK. Our latest annual report, featured below, shows how, despite public funding pressures, we continued to produce a varied and exciting programme of adult and youth activities which attract an increasing number of users - up 10% on the year before. More on the 2018/19 report below. 

Sadly, last summer will also be remembered for the shocking fatal stabbing of a young man on the Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate, just metres from our SHELL adult learning centre. This tragic and needless death underlined the continuing need for support for your local young people and connections across cultures and generations. We are committed to doing what we can to deliver such support.


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Adult learning and activities (SHELL)


Founded by the community, we want residents to lead the choice and design of our activities wherever possible.  For example, some Job Seeker users reported they needed more dedicated and flexible support to achieve their goal of re-employment. With our new “Step Up” programme we are pleased to be able to offer more one-to-one and tailored resource for this group.  


SHAK also answered older residents’ call for a weekly social club,  which now organises films, games, trips, meals out and more. Members are keen to foster links across the generations, so a seaside trip to Broadstairs for young and old was a big hit.

Youth activities (ARC) 


New for our youth centre ARC this year will be an “event organising” project for young people, giving them the chance to design and stage fun community events for others to participate in,  learning skills and making friends along the way. Supported by the Mayor’s “Young Londoners Fund”, the project is designed to encourage young people’s confidence and counter the social exclusion which can lead some to antisocial behaviour and crime. 

Also after we got the floodlights working again we have launched new football sessions for young people  every Tuesday evening.

ARC’s modernist building has been plagued by leaks for some years, and the cold and damp has limited our activities. Repairs to the listed building’s roof have been protracted and complicated. More remedial works are now underway and we hope we will soon be able to get rid of the buckets for good.  On the plus side, a new heating system is making it almost cosy. 

SHAK Annual Report 2018/2019

SHAK’s latest Annual Report has been published and is available here . We’re proud that once again SHAK increased both its activities and reach. Overall, attendances were up by a brilliant 40%. 

The report also shows that we continue to reach our target of local youth and adults who face the most barriers and risk of social exclusion - more than half of our adult users come from the 30% considered most deprived, for example. 

Positive user feedback is also encouraging - 100% for teaching and learning, though only 84% for our physical facilities - something we would love to improve, funds permitting! 

Eighty of our 143 ARC youth (9-19) users had positive development outcomes and users achieved 23 accredited awards. 

Activities are only possible with funds, and securing funding is a task which takes up much of our time. A big “Thank You” to all our funders, including recently renewed funding from “Camden Youth Services” and “Children In Need” and a new project with the “Young Londoners Fund”. 

Annual General Meeting 2019

The SHAK AGM is a community affair as well as an accountability session, and in December about 50 adults and young people came together at the Alexandra and Ainsworth Tenants Hall to celebrate together. We were treated to a great dance performance, enjoyed films and biscuits made by ARC young people. We also celebrated learning achievements at the SHELL Centre and thanked our volunteers and trustees for their support. All capped off by food from Saj, estate resident, and Anita, our “Healthy Eating” tutor.


SHAK chair Russell Gilbert made an appeal for members to get more involved with SHAK especially as trustees, because we are looking for new trustees to join the Board this year.



If you think being a SHAK Trustee might be for you, please contact Chief Executive John Boyle  at

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